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Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2014 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: audio, gaming headset, turtle beach, Titanfall Ear Force Atlas, branding gone wild, forehead
If your obsession over Titanfall, regardless of platform, has taken over your mind and you need a way to physically display that fact, then Turtle Beach has the headset for you! Titanfall Ear Force Atlas! Apply directly to the forehead!
Branding aside these headphones are quite stiff, which may become uncomfortable after time but presented an unexpected benefit for the Kitguru tester who happens to have an Occulus Rift; they do not shift or creak as your head quickly moves in reaction to an in game event. The bass is a bit strong for some purposes but will make your Titan sound even more impressive; the sound is perhaps a bit muddy but not enough to ruin your experience while gaming or watching movies. Check out the full review here.
"If you find yourself jumping from rooftop to rooftop, wallrunning your way between kills and blasting away at 30ft tall metal behemoths on a regular basis you are either playing Titanfall or need to reduce your meds. Either way though, you will probably appreciate the style of Turtle Beach’s latest headset, the Titanfall Ear Force Atlas headset. It’s compatible with the Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC, with adapters, cables and connectors galore – but does it sound good? That’s what’s important and that’s what we are here to find out."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Turtle Beach Titanfall Atlas Multi-Format Gaming Headset @ eTeknix
- Genius Zabius HS-G850 Gaming Headset @ Benchmark Reviews
- Kingston HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset Review – A Ray of Sunshine @ Techgage
- Kingston HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
- HiFiMAN HE-560 Planar Magnetic Headphones @ techPowerUp
- X2 Aurel Noise Cancellation Headset Review @ OCIA.net
- AudioFly AF56 Earphones Review @ TechwareLabs
- Diamond Xtreme Sound 7.1 XS71HDU USB Sound Card Review @ Legit Reviews
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 6, 2014 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: enermax, Liqtech 120X, CPU Water Block, AIO
Enermax's AIO watercooler is a bit smaller than some, as the name implies the Liqtech 120X uses a 120mm fan on it's radiator making it easy to fit into most systems. [H]ard|OCP recommends you approach the installation with great patience as the rubber grommets make attaching the radiator somewhat tricky but they are worth keeping as the dual fans can be quite loud at full speed. [H] had hoped for performance comparable to the Silverstone Tundra TD03 that this cooler resembles but ended up disappointed with the results. Hopefully Enermax can refine the design and produce a more impressive Version 2.
"Enermax is most well know to computer hardware enthusiasts for a long standing tradition of building some of the world's best computer power supplies. Enermax comes to us today with its first All-In-One CPU water cooler, AKA, an AIO cooler. This cooler looks very promising as it hits all the right check boxes with a quality build."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual Liquid CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion
- Twelve CPU Air Cooler Roundup @ Modders-Inc
- Noctua NH-D15 versus Phanteks PH-TC14PЕ: Great Combat @ X-bit Labs
- be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 @ techPowerUp
- be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim High Compatibility CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion
- bequiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 Heatsink Review @ Hardware Asylum
- BeQuiet Dark Rock 3 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
- Raijintek Themis Evo cpu cooler @ Hardwareoverclock
- be quiet! 140mm Silent & Pure Wings 2 Review @ OCC
- NZXT Sentry 3 Fan Controller Review @ TechwareLabs
- Cougar MX300 Gaming Case Review @ Madshrimps
- BitFenix Shadow Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- BitFenix Ronin Midtower Case Review @HiTech Legion
- In-Win D-Frame Mini @ Hardware Asylum
Subject: General Tech, Shows and Expos | June 6, 2014 - 10:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: computex 2014
HP is courting mobile users with their Pro x2 series, a stylus enabled tablet with a keyboard dock containing extra outputs and a second battery in 1080p 12.5" and 11.6" 1366x768 flavours; the smaller model is already available already starting at $850. EVGA stepped up their game with the 1600W SuperNOVA PSU that comes with a 10 year warranty while Fractal Design was showing off refillable and expandable self contained watercoolers. You can also catch AData's new SSDs and Kingston's M.2 SSDs and even more over at The Tech Report.
"PC makers appear to be embracing the convertible tablet form factor with gusto at Computex 2014, and HP is no exception. Today, the company announced a pair of business-focused two-in-ones: the Pro x2 612 and Pro x2 410."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- COMPUTEX 2014: Intel unleashed the Beast OC Event @ Madshrimps
- HyperX again claims new DDR3 frequency WR at 2282.8MHz @ Madshrimps
- Devs get first look at next Visual Studio @ The Register
- 'NSA-proof' Protonet server crowdfunds $1m in under 90 minutes @ The Inquirer
- Chrome market share overtakes Internet Explorer for the first time @ The Inquirer
- FIGHT! Intel disputes ARM's claims of Android superiority @ The Register
- The Hovering, Holographic, Star Wars Display @ Hack a Day
- Win MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC, R9 290X Gaming GPU and LE Siberia V2 @ Kitguru
- Enter to win one of three Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE motherboards @ The Tech Report
Subject: General Tech, Shows and Expos | June 5, 2014 - 04:37 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: computex, computex 2014, roccat, tyon
So this mouse has many buttons. It even has not-buttons. The ROCCAT Tyon has 31 user-customizable functions mapped over 16 buttons. The "Tyon Xcelerator", near its thumb buttons, is an analog switch designed for functions such as throttle or vertical movement. The "Dorsal Fin" is a switch that tilts left and right, like a tilt wheel, except that it also has a tilting mouse wheel.
I guess you can never have too many tilt functions.
Yo Cat, Heard You Like Buttons...
In short, ROCCAT has basically put as many functions on that mouse as they believe comfortable. Personally, I think the "Xcelerator" could be quite useful for games, like Battlefield: Bad Company 2 with its UAV, where you need to move in three dimensions and rotate in two dimensions, at the same time. That just leaves about 30 other functions to think about.
The ROCCAT Tyon is "coming soon" for 99.99 Euros (~$136 USD).
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2014 - 04:01 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: mechanical keyboard, gaming keyboard, cooler master, computex 2014, computex, cherry mx red, 80 Plus Titanium, 1200W PSU
Cooler Master has been showing off a number of new products at Computex this year, and among the new announcments are a hybrid-switch keyboard and ultra-efficient (and ultra powerful) power supply.
NovaTouch TKL Hybrid Switch Keyboard
First up is the NovaTouch TKL mechanical keyboard, which Cooler Master has outfitted with their exclusive Hybrid Capacitive switches. Cooler Master claims these are "exceptionally quiet and suitable for heavy-duty typing or gaming," and the NovaTouch TKL offers support for Cherry MX switches (though it was not clear if they will be offering it with that option upon release). Another area of interest: the NovaTouch TKL has both a standard USB and microUSB connector!
Hmm... microUSB connector, eh?
Next we have a 1200W PSU with 80 PLUS Titanium certification (which you might remember calls for 90%+ efficiency at only 10% load!).
Titanium certification makes power supplies look super awesome
The power supply is Cooler Master's first "foray into digital" PSU design, and there is even a companion app with bluetooth control and monitoring functions. Finally! Now you can while away the afternoon checking and re-checking the efficiency of your PSU from your phone...
Not surprisingly, pricing and availablity are not yet available for these new products.
Subject: Processors | June 5, 2014 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: baytrail, linux, N2820, ubuntu 14.04, Linux 3.13, Linux 3.15, mesa, nuc
It would seem that installing Linux on your brand new Bay Trail powered NUC will cost you a bit of performance. The testing Phoronix has performed on Intel NUC DN2820FYKH proves that it can handle running Linux without a hitch, however you will find that your overall graphical performance will dip a bit. Using MESA 10.3 and both the current 3.13 kernel and the 3.15 development kernel Phoronix saw a small delta in performance between Ubuntu 14.04 and Win 8.1 ... until they hit the OpenGL performance. As there is still no full OpenGL 4.0+ support there were tests that could not be run and even with the tests that could be there was a very large performance gap. Do not let this worry you, as they point out in the article there is a dedicated team working on full compliance and you can expect updated results in the near future.
"A few days ago my benchmarking revealed Windows 8.1 is outperforming Ubuntu Linux with the latest Intel open-source graphics drivers on Haswell hardware. I have since conducted tests on the Celeron N2820 NUC, and sadly, the better OpenGL performance is found with Microsoft's operating system."
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- NVIDIA Tegra K1 Compared To AMD AM1 APUs @ Phoronix
- AMD's New Athlon/Semprons Give Old Phenom CPUs A Big Run For The Money @ Phoronix
- Overclocking The AMD AM1 Athlon & Sempron APUs @ Phoronix
- AMD Athlon 5350 "Kabini" APU Review @HiTech Legion
- Athlon 5350 and Sempron 3850 Processors (Kabini) and Socket AM1 Platform Review @ X-bit Labs
- AMD A10-7850K @ X-bit Labs
- Intel Haswell Refresh Reviewed: Core i7-4790, i5-4690, i5-4590 and i5-4460 Tested @ Madshrimps
- Intel Core i7-4790, i5-4690, i5-4590, i5-4460, i3-4360, i3-4350 and i3-4150 @ X-bit Labs
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2014 - 12:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: evga, EVGA SuperNOVA, 650W, NEX650G, 80 Plus Gold, modular psu
The EVGA SuperNOVA NEX650G Gold is a 650W PSU capable of delivering 20A on each of it's 12V rails with a maximum of 53A in total. As it comes with four 6+2 pin PCIe power connectors and an extra 6 pin it should be able to handle multiple mid-range GPUs, though as [H]ard|OCP discovered it can get quite loud under full load. As it can be purchased for under $100 it is a 'good enough' choice for many enthusiasts who don't need a kilowatt nor have a lot of money to spend. It may not stand out in the crowd but it certainly passed every test [H] threw at it.
"EVGA does not have a lot to say about its SuperNOVA NEX650G Gold Power Supply. It does however mention it being designed with enthusiast needs, and this PSU being the "the best choice to power next generation enthusiast computers" with exceptional features, and stunning efficiency. We of course will be the judge of those claims."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Cooler Master V850 850W @ [H]ard|OCP
- Seasonic G Series V2 550 W @ techPowerUp
- Cougar MX500 and PowerX 550W @ Legion Hardware
- Antec GX500 @ techPowerUp
- Bitfenix Fury Gold 750 W @ techPowerUp
- Antec High Current Pro Platinum 850W PSU @ Kitguru
- EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G1 Power Supply Review @HiTech Legion
- Cooler Master V1200 Platinum @ Kitguru
- Seasonic Platinum 1200W Modular PSU @ Kitguru
- Cooler Master V Series Platinum 1200 W @ techPowerUp
- Corsair AXi Series 1500 W @ techPowerUp
- Corsair AX1500i Digital ATX Power Supply @ Kitguru
- eXtreme PSU Calculator Update @ eXtreme Outer Vision
Subject: General Tech, Mobile | June 5, 2014 - 11:51 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: tegra k1, tegra, project tango, nvidia, google, Android
Today, Google announced their "Project Tango" developer kit for tablets with spatial awareness. With a price tag of $1,024 USD, it is definitely aimed at developers. In fact, the form to be notified about the development kit has a required check box that is labeled, "I am a developer". Slightly above the form is another statement, "These development kits are not a consumer device and will be available in limited quantities".
So yes, you can only buy these if you are a developer.
The technology is the unique part. Project Tango is aimed at developers to make apps which understand the 3D world around the tablet. Two examples categories they have already experimented with are robotics and computer vision. Of course, this could also translate to alternate reality games and mapping.
While Google has not been too friendly with OpenCL in its Android platform, it makes sense that they would choose a flexible GPU with a wide (and deep) range of API support. While other SoCs are probably capable enough, the Kepler architecture in the Tegra K1 is about as feature-complete as you can get in a mobile chip, because it is basically a desktop chip.
Google's Project Tango is available to developers, exclusively, for $1,024 and ships later this month.
Also, that price is clearly a pun.
Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2014 - 11:39 AM | Ken Addison
Tagged: video, podcast, p3700, mx100, intel ssd, gsync, fx-7600p, freesync, corsair, computex 2014, computex, asus, adaptive sync, acer, 4k
PC Perspective Podcast #303 - 06/05/2014
Special guest Austin Evans joins us this week to discuss news from Computex 2014, Crucial MX100 SSD, Intel SSD DC P3700, and much more!
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Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2014 - 11:04 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, asmedia, asus, rumour
DigiTimes spilled a juicy rumour today which has AMD looking to a work even more closely with ASMedia in the future. AMD has already partnered with this ASUS subsidiary to integrate SATA Express into their newest chips as a way to save development costs and ease production issues. This goes along with AMD's fabless strategy that started with the split off of GLOBALFOUNDRIES and has since lead to partnerships with other major fabbers like TSMC. While still very much in the rumour phase and with AMD refusing to comment we are not sure this will indeed occur but it does fit with AMD's current strategy of price reductions and may free up their engineers to work on more specialized designs.
"AMD reportedly is planning to outsource its PC chipset R&D to ASMedia Technology, a subsidiary of Asustek Computer, to save costs and the cooperation is expected to greatly benefit ASMedia's revenue performance, according to sources from the upstream supply chain."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Computex: Asus Memo Pad 8 ME581CL @ The Inquirer
- Fusion IO launches Atomic range of flash storage products @ The Inquirer
- Intel Reveals Open Source Robot Kit and Smart Shirt @ Linux.com
- Two more Eagles land in AMD's bird-of-prey aerie @ The Register
- New OpenSSL Man-in-the-Middle Flaw Affects All Clients @ Slashdot
- New software nasty encrypts Android PHONE files and demands a ransom @ The Register
- How to Build a Custom Arduino Talking Reminder Machine, Part 1 @ Linux.com
Computex 2014: Cooler Master Introduces Low-Noise Nepton 120XL, 140XL, 240M, 280L Liquid CPU Coolers
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2014 - 08:28 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Nepton 240M, Nepton 120XL, liquid cooler, cpu cooler, cooler master, computex 2014, computex, AIO
Cooler Master has announced their revised Nepton self-contained liquid CPU cooler lineup, and the existing models have been renewed with lower-noise designs.
The Nepton 240M
The revised versions seem to be using the the same radiators but employ new improvements in the pump/waterblock, as well as new low-noise fans. Cooler Master says the “Advanced Silent Driver” in the Nepton pumps will offer extremely low vibration levels, providing a120 L/hr flow rate at 11dBA. The units feature a Cooler Master-designed water block with a “large microchannel surface area and a high-efficiency jet impingement system to optimize hotspot cooling performance”.
New waterblock and fan designs
Cooler Master says their manufacturing process “eliminates microchannel imperfections in the waterblock to prevent blockage and allows for an increased surface area over 4 times greater than the competition, resulting in an extremely high performance waterblock.” The Nepton series also uses all-new “Silencio” fans, which Cooler Master claims will offer 11dBA noise levels and air pressure rated at 1.2 mmH2O. The cooling performance of previous Cooler Master self-contained liquid coolers has been dependent on some pretty loud fans, and while the stated 11dbA fan noise is likely based on the lowest PWM fan speed improvements in this area are welcome.
The Nepton 120XL
Cooler Master has not announced pricing or availability of the new Nepton 120XL, 140XL, 240M, or 280L models yet, but we should expect these products later this year.
Subject: Editorial | June 4, 2014 - 04:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: video, pcper, live, austin evans
Tonight's live edition of the PC Perspective Podcast is going to have a special guest, the Internet's Austin Evans. You likely know of Austin through his wildly popular YouTube channel or maybe his dance moves.
But seriously, Austin Evans is a great guy with a lot of interesting input on technology. Stop by our live page at http://www.pcper.com/live at 10pm EST / 7pm EST for all the fun!
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Subject: General Tech, Storage | June 4, 2014 - 04:37 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: computex 2014, computex, tlc, ssd, Samsung, 845DC EVO
Well that was an alphabet soup of a title.
Samsung has just announced a new line of SSDs, based on three bit per cell (TLC) memory, for enterprise customers. The Samsung 845DC EVO is rated at 530MB/s reads with 87,000 IOPS. The company will also cover up to 600TB of writes under its warranty (no mention of length in years, though). The drive will be available "later this month" in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB models. Samsung did not mention price in their press release, but Anandtech claims the 240GB will be $250, the 480GB will be $490, and the 960GB will be $969.
Samsung's SSDs will give you some TLC???
This is basically $1/GB scaling, plus $10. I must admit, this is getting pricy. In the consumer space, we have recently seen 512GB for $199. That said, SSDs are not known for sticking to their MSRP. Also, these are enterprise-rated drives. Being TLC-based, I wonder how much (if any) SLC-style write cache was included, as per the consumer 840 EVO.
Lastly, Samsung claims that these drives use around 4W under load. This is much lower than hard drives but a little high for SSDs, according to benchmarks that I have seen. That said, there are a few ways to parse that (for example, if they mean that its peak is typically 4W, which would be pretty good for a 960GB drive).
The Samsung 845DC EVO will be available later this month for a little over $1/GB.
Subject: Displays | June 4, 2014 - 01:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: miracast, philips, 239C4QHWAB, ips display
We interrupt your Computex news stream with a product that is currently for sale, the Philips Brilliance 239C4QHWAB with Miracast support. The screen itself is something we have seen before, a 1080p 23" IPS display with HDMI and VGA inputs on the base along with an audio and microphone input. Now those specs will not impress a gamer looking for a 4k display but for someone with an Android device that wants to stream 1080p video via Miracast thanks to the in built support the resolution and connections are perfect. Check out how well it handles Miracast at Bjorn3D.
"With the rise of mobile devices the need to be able to hook them up to a screen has increased. While both Apple TV and to some extend Google Chromecast offers ways to mirror the screen on supported devices or at least stream some content they both requier extra hardware. There is however another solution: Miracast."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- 4K for $649: Asus' PB287Q monitor @ The Tech Report
- Asus PB287Q 4K UHD 28 inch @ Kitguru
- ASUS PB287Q 28-in 4K Single Stream 60Hz Monitor Review @ Legit Reviews
- AOC Q2770PQU 27″ PLS @ eTeknix
- AOC U2868PQU 4K UHD 28 inch Monitor @ Kitguru
- BenQ RL2460HT 24" Gaming Monitor Review @ Hardware Canucks
- BenQ XL2720Z Gaming Monitor @ FunkyKit
Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2014 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: goat simulator, gaming, fun
It seems that gaming has become a lot less about having a good time over the past few years. An entire branch of gaming expects you to run a treadmill of low level quests before you get to the point where you can actually start exploring and many people will not even pick up a game if they can't get achievements for simply playing something that they should be able to enjoy for the simple sake of playing.
It is more than that however, we have progressed from teabagging and hurling vulgarities at any and all players, be they friendlies or enemies, to having a subgroup of gamers actively insulting so called 'casual gamers' and 'fake gamer girls' in social media and other public forums. Somehow the idea that gaming is enjoyable because it is a game has been overwhelmed by those who find their fun in deriding other players.
Perhaps this is why Coffee Stain Studio's Goat Simulator has caused such a divide of opinions in gamers; those who can see the fun of wandering around smashing things and generally being silly love it. Those with a need to either prove themselves better than everyone, or at least that everyone is worse than they are can't grasp the idea of purely enjoying a game because it is simply amusing in and of itself.
For those still able to enjoy pure silliness you should read through the full patch notes of Goat Simulator 1.1 on Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN; the addition of a new map and split screen multiplayer has nothing on the notes involving Flappy Goat, the "Applying plastic wrap around your screen will now give you a 3D-effect." or Minecraft goat. If you have even a tiny bit of a sense of humour left you should also watch the accompanying trailer.
If you want to play with the Fragging Frogs, the most fun frog-based gaming community around, you had best practice having fun. For those of you who never lost that playful spirit, come on it and join in the fun!
"Goat Simulator really is just the dumbest thing, isn’t it? Naturally, that’s why everyone in the whole world loves it and I have a pet goat now. I was surprised (and let’s face it: a bit saddened) to find that real goats have functional neck bones and lack tongues that stretch like elastic and stick like gorilla glue, but them’s the breaks. Related: do not hurl real goats into traffic. They will break. That got a bit dark there, didn’t it? But you know what’s not dark?"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Wot I Think: Watch Dogs @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Watch Dogs – A Godphone Review @ Techgage
- Transistor Review @ OCC
- Valve's own VR headset spotted at developer gathering @ HEXUS
- urified: Dawns Of War Ditching GameSpy And GFWL @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Wolfenstein: The New Order Review @ OCC
- The RPS Verdict – Wolfenstein: The New Order
- Whoa: Northern Shadow Is Skyrim Meets A City Builder @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Lagolution: Battlefield 4 Patches Netcode @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- XCOM Who? – Xenonauts Officially Complete @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
Subject: General Tech, Shows and Expos | June 4, 2014 - 10:23 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: thermaltake, roccat, nzxt, gigabyte, computex 2014, asus
The Tech Report has been busy at Computex, visiting as many booths as they can in amongst the numerous vendors showing off their upcoming products. From ASUS we get another look at the ROG systems and a G-Sync monitor as several new motherboards. Both Thermaltake and Roccat have new peripherals to show off while NZXT is more focussed on cooling products. Gigabyte has taken advantage of the event to show how fast their limited edition Z97X-SOC Force LN2 can push DDR3, hitting 4.5GHz in a live demo! There is more coverage that that, as well as our own, so you can expect to be busy over the next few days.
"Earlier today at Computex, Asus let loose a veritable cornucopia of items under its Republic of Gamers brand. Among them: two stylish mini gaming desktops plus a 27" display outfitted with Nvidia's G-Sync technology."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Computex 2014 Gigabyte Suite Visit @ Hardware Asylum
- Computex 2014 In Win S-Frame @ Hardware Asylum
- Intel gives biz typoslabs their very own 14nm Core-M silicon @ The Register
- Kaveri Mobile APUs; AMD's FX Reincarnated @ Hardware Canucks
- A first look at AMD's Kaveri APU for notebooks @ The Tech Report
- Linux hit by GnuTLS exploit, follows Heartbleed model @ The Inquirer
- TSMC reportedly to tie up with Micron to develop 3D ICs @ DigiTimes
- PCIe hard drives? You read that right, says WD @ The Register
- Pittasoft BlackVue Sport SC500 Action Camera @ NikKTech
Subject: Memory, Storage | June 4, 2014 - 08:15 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: ssd, solid state drive, pcie, pci-e ssd, memory, M.2, ddr4, computex 2014, computex, adata, 2tb ssd
ADATA has been showing off some upcoming products at Computex, and it's all about DRAM.
We'll begin with an upcoming line of PCIe Enterprise/Server SSDs powered by the SandForce SF3700-series controller. We've been waiting for products with the SF3700 controller since January, when ADATA showed a prototype board at CES, and ADATA is now showcasing the controller in the "SR1020" series drives.
The first is a 2TB 2.5" drive, but the interface was not announced (and the sample on the floor appeared to be an empty shell). The listed specs are performance up to 1800MB/s and 150K IOPS, with the drive powered by the SF-3739 controller. Support for both AHCI and NVMe is also listed, along with the usual TRIM, NCQ, and SMART support.
Another 2TB SSD was shown with exactly the same specs as the 2.5" version, but this one is built on the M.2 spec. The drive will connect via 4 lanes of Gen 2 PCI Express. Both drives in ADATA's SR1020 PCIe SSD lineup will be available in capacities from 240GB - 2TB, and retail pricing and availability is forthcoming.
Continuing the DRAM theme, ADATA also showed new DDR4 modules in commodity and enthusiast flavors. Both of the registered DIMMs on display (an ultra-low profile DIMM was also shown) had standard DDR4 specs of 2133MHz at 1.2V, but ADATA also showed some performance DDR4 at their booth.
A pair of XPG Z1 DDR4 modules in action
No pricing or availability just yet on these products.
Subject: Processors, Mobile | June 4, 2014 - 08:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: computex, computex 2014, arm, cavium, thunderx
While much of the news coming from Computex was centered around PC hardware, many of ARMs partners are making waves as well. Take Cavium for example, introducing the ThunderX CN88XX family of processors. With a completely custom ARMv8 architectural core design, the ThunderX processors will range from 24 to 48 cores and are targeted at large volume servers and cloud infrastructure. 48 cores!
The ThunderX family will be the first SoC to scale up to 48 cores and with a clock speed of 2.5 GHz and 16MB of L2 cache, should offer some truly impressive performance levels. Cavium claims to be the first socket-coherent ARM processor as well, using the Cavium Coherent Processor Interconnect. The I/O capacity stretches into the hundreds of Gigabits and quad channel DDR3 and DDR4 memory speeds up to 2.4 GHz keep the processors fed with work.
Here is the breakdown on the ThunderX families.
ThunderX_CP: Up to 48 highly efficient cores along with integrated virtSOC, dual socket coherency, multiple 10/40 GbE and high memory bandwidth. This family is optimized for private and public cloud web servers, content delivery, web caching, search and social media workloads.
ThunderX_ST: Up to 48 highly efficient cores along with integrated virtSOC, multiple SATAv3 controllers, 10/40 GbE & PCIe Gen3 ports, high memory bandwidth, dual socket coherency, and scalable fabric for east-west as well as north-south traffic connectivity. This family includes hardware accelerators for data protection/ integrity/security, user to user efficient data movement (RoCE) and compressed storage. This family is optimized for Hadoop, block & object storage, distributed file storage and hot/warm/cold storage type workloads.
ThunderX_SC: Up to 48 highly efficient cores along with integrated virtSOC, 10/40 GbE connectivity, multiple PCIe Gen3 ports, high memory bandwidth, dual socket coherency, and scalable fabric for east-west as well as north-south traffic connectivity. The hardware accelerators include Cavium’s industry leading, 4th generation NITROX and TurboDPI technology with acceleration for IPSec, SSL, Anti-virus, Anti-malware, firewall and DPI. This family is optimized for Secure Web front-end, security appliances and Cloud RAN type workloads.
ThunderX_NT: Up to 48 highly efficient cores along with integrated virtSOC, 10/40/100 GbE connectivity, multiple PCIe Gen3 ports, high memory bandwidth, dual socket coherency, and scalable fabric with feature rich capabilities for bandwidth provisioning , QoS, traffic Shaping and tunnel termination. The hardware accelerators include high packet throughput processing, network virtualization and data monitoring. This family is optimized for media servers, scale-out embedded applications and NFV type workloads.
We spoke with ARM earlier this year about its push into the server market and it is partnerships like these that will begin the ramp up to wide spread adoption of ARM-based server infrastructure. The ThunderX family will begin sampling in early Q4 2014 and production should be available by early 2015.
Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2014 - 09:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, transformer book, T200TA, Atom Z3775, Bay Trail, leak
A post on the German site Mobile Geeks gives us the stats on the ASUS Transformer Book T200TA, a Bay Trail powered that appears to sport the normal docking tendencies of the Transformer Book line up. It is rumoured to be powered by a Bay Trail Atom Z3775 which can reach 2.39GHz at full speed with 2GB of memory, WiFi, local flash storage of up to 64GB. The outputs include USB 3.0, microUSB 2.0 port, HDMI and even without the optional dock you get SD card reader. The dock can raise your local storage to 500GB and likely extend the battery life.
Product may not be exactly as shown
Subject: Graphics Cards, Displays | June 3, 2014 - 09:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: gsync, g-sync, freesync, DisplayPort, computex 2014, computex, adaptive sync
AMD FreeSync is likely a technology or brand or term that is going to be used a lot between now and the end of 2014. When NVIDIA introduced variable refresh rate monitor technology to the world in October of last year, one of the immediate topics of conversation was the response that AMD was going to have. NVIDIA's G-Sync technology is limited to NVIDIA graphics cards and only a few (actually just one still as I write this) monitors actually have the specialized hardware to support it. In practice though, variable refresh rate monitors fundamentally change the gaming experience for the better.
At CES, AMD went on the offensive and started showing press a hacked up demo of what they called "FreeSync", a similar version of the variable refresh technology working on a laptop. At the time, the notebook was a requirement of the demo because of the way AMD's implementation worked. Mobile displays have previously included variable refresh technologies in order to save power and battery life. AMD found that it could repurpose that technology to emulate the effects that NVIDIA G-Sync creates - a significantly smoother gaming experience without the side effects of Vsync.
Our video preview of NVIDIA G-Sync Technology
Since that January preview, things have progressed for the "FreeSync" technology. Taking the idea to the VESA board responsible for the DisplayPort standard, in April we found out that VESA had adopted the technology and officially and called it Adaptive Sync.
So now what? AMD is at Computex and of course is taking the opportunity to demonstrate a "FreeSync" monitor with the DisplayPort 1.2a Adaptive Sync feature at work. Though they aren't talking about what monitor it is or who the manufacturer is, the demo is up and running and functions with frame rates wavering between 40 FPS and 60 FPS - the most crucial range of frame rates that can adversely affect gaming experiences. AMD has a windmill demo running on the system, perfectly suited to showing Vsync enabled (stuttering) and Vsync disabled (tearing) issues with a constantly rotating object. It is very similar to the NVIDIA clock demo used to show off G-Sync.
The demo system is powered by an AMD FX-8350 processor and Radeon R9 290X graphics card. The monitor is running at 2560x1440 and is the very first working prototype of the new standard. Even more interesting, this is a pre-existing display that has had its firmware updated to support Adaptive Sync. That's potentially exciting news! Monitors COULD BE UPGRADED to support this feature, but AMD warns us: "...this does not guarantee that firmware alone can enable the feature, it does reveal that some scalar/LCD combinations are already sufficiently advanced that they can support some degree of DRR (dynamic refresh rate) and the full DPAS (DisplayPort Adaptive Sync) specification through software changes."
The time frame for retail available monitors using DP 1.2a is up in the air but AMD has told us that the end of 2014 is entirely reasonable. Based on the painfully slow release of G-Sync monitors into the market, AMD has less of a time hole to dig out of than we originally thought, which is good. What is not good news though is that this feature isn't going to be supported on the full range of AMD Radeon graphics cards. Only the Radeon R9 290/290X and R7 260/260X (and the R9 295X2 of course) will actually be able to support the "FreeSync" technology. Compare that to NVIDIA's G-Sync: it is supported by NVIDIA's entire GTX 700 and GTX 600 series of cards.
All that aside, seeing the first official prototype of "FreeSync" is awesome and is getting me pretty damn excited about the variable refresh rate technologies once again! Hopefully we'll get some more hands on time (eyes on, whatever) with a panel in the near future to really see how it compares to the experience that NVIDIA G-Sync provides. There is still the chance that the technologies are not directly comparable and some in-depth testing will be required to validate.
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